Tell me more about the central theme and core workshop of the soulcamp. A description of Robin Zucker’s “Out of the Grip, Into the flow” theme workshop can be found on her faculty page.
inspired you to create the soulcamps?
As a girl, I absolutely loved attending Camp Wingfoot for
girls every summer on Lake Erie (Ohio). I usually spent eight weeks there
and it never felt long enough. I cherished the society of girls, the protected
freedom, the serious fun, the smells and sensations of the cabin after
a hard rainfall. I attended an all-women’s college and, again, the
sense of community, love and “shared journey” created in this
setting has shaped who I am today. As an adult woman, many of my most
profound, joyful, “in the flow” experiences have been in the
company of other women – having serious fun together as we explore
our strengths and vulnerabilities. These are the inspirations that have
given life to soulcamp. (read Robin’s sermon, “Wishing
Boats,” about summer camp)
Who is the soulcamp designed for?
Our soulcamps are designed for women of all ages, ability levels, orientations,
and backgrounds, who yearn to spend their vacation time in a joyful, non-competitive
environment of delight and discovery. To fully participate in the planned
activities, we recommend the camp for women with no serious physical limitations,
who are in reasonably healthy condition. Each camp is
limited to 15 women to facilitate a strong sense of community and
to offer the best possible experience for everyone.
Where is the soulcamp located?
Our summer soulcamps take place in a spectacular setting on Cape
Ann, Massachusetts, approximately 40 miles north of Boston (for
more information, (www.capeannvacations.com)
Known as “the other Cape,” Cape Ann is a charming, artistic,
healing environment from the art galleries and cafes on Rocky Neck in
Gloucester, to Lobster-in-the-Rough at world-famous Woodman’s in
Essex, to the natural rock formations that meet the ocean at Halibut Point
State Park in Rockport. Cape Ann is a magical place – beaches, estuaries,
salt air, woodlands, and the slow pace of classic New England summertime.
Average high temperature in the summer is 80 degrees with a low temperature
of 63. Days are hot, evenings are cool. Delightful!
During the camp, we will live, play, and explore at The
Essex Conference Center and Retreat (www.eccr.com)
a unique, contemporary facility set on sixteen acres of woods, dotted
with sculptures, gardens, ponds and waterfalls. The Center is surrounded
by 250 acres of conservation land and the ocean is just a short walk away.
A beautiful cedar and tile indoor spa features a wood-fired sauna and
10-foot hot tub for relaxing at the end of an energizing day.
Tell me about the accommodations and meals?
The rooms at the Center are comfortable and lovely. Two women will share
a semi-private room, each with a unique view of the property. Several
private rooms may be available for an extra charge. Please let us know
if you have special needs, requests, or roommate preferences.
The sun-drenched dining room feels like an extension of the grounds and
the food is delicious, plentiful, and creative. Each day, the chef provides
three nourishing and delectable “healthy gourmet” meals, served
buffet style. We’ll provide entrees for meat-eaters and for vegetarians,
with salads, fresh fruit, fabulous desserts, and a variety of beverages
rounding out our meals. Ample nutritious snacks will be offered throughout
the day. Please let us know if you have special dietary needs. More details
and photos can be found on the Center’s website (www.eccr.com)
What will a typical soulcamp day be
Each day is designed to engage you in an adventure of sweat, spirit, and
8 a.m.-75 minutes of yoga (geared
towards all levels)
9:15 – 10 a.m. Breakfast (silent meal)
10:30 a.m -1 p.m. Camp Director Robin Zucker will lead experiential workshops
related to the soulcamp theme: “Getting you out the grip and into
the flow.” (See faculty listings for details)
1 p.m.-Lunch will be served
1:30-3p.m.-Free time/siesta-private consultations
and professional massages will be offered during siesta.
3-5:30 p.m., we’ll enjoy an array of optional recreational activities
to energize the body and soul (geared toward all abilities levels):
- Guided Kayaking excursion with ERBA through
the magnificent estuaries of Essex and out to the bay. (www.erba.com)
- Guided Hiking and Nature/Bird watching
in the wonders of the Essex Greenbelt (www.ecga.org)
- Exploring and Enjoying the Pleasures of Wingaersheek
Beach on the Atlantic Ocean.
- Artmaking with Carla Mattioli
6:15 p.m.- After some time to regroup, we will reconvene at for a “happy
hour” of refreshments (wine, beer, and non-alcoholic beverages
7 p.m.-Dinner will be served. Our final dinner
together will be a classic New England clambake (steamers, lobster, corn,
etc). Non-seafood and vegetarians options will be offered.
Our evening activities will have a creative
and social focus – art, moonlight labyrinth walks, singing, a bonfire,
massage, and the like. Professional massages and private consultations
will be offered throughout the camp for private pay through Lynne March and Associates. The spa will
be open each day from 8 p.m. until 11 p.m.
A room for meditation (on site) and the outdoor
labyrinth (offsite) will always be available.
For a detailed schedule of Soulmcap 2006, click here.
Will I have any free time?
Yes! The soulcamps are designed to offer a mix of solo and group experiences,
energies, and opportunities to fulfill your need for both stimulation
and retreat. Each day, we will have a “siesta”
from 1:30-3:00 for doing your own thing, whether that be reading, hiking,
napping, walking the labyrinth, creating, meditating, writing, something
uniquely “you,” or deepening your connection with fellow soulcampers.
Additional free time will be available in the the late afternoon,
when activities will be offered, but optional.
Tell me about the faculty?
The soulcamp faculty is an amazing group of professional, inspiring women
who have devoted themselves to offering transformative and healing experiences
for others (especially women). Our faculty ethos is based on a foundation
of trust, compassion, joyfulness, honesty, and support. You will feel
nurtured and safely challenged.
Soulcamp Director and Theme presenter
"Getting into the Flow of your Creative Divine Feminine"
& Margaret Rose Peloquin,
Massage and Healing Arts Therapists.
Garrison, Daily Yoga
Linda Myers-Tierney, Dance for Joy™ DanseKinetics
How much does it cost and what is included?
The cost of each three-day soulcamp is $595
The camps begin on Thursday afternoon, with registration
& check-in starting at 3 p.m. Dinner is our first meal. We
will conclude our time together on Sunday with closing rituals
and lunch as our final meal together. Departure time by 2:30
p.m. on Sunday is expected. Special arrangements can be made for
early check-in or late departure if necessary to accommodate your travel
schedule. Just ask!
The tuition will include:
- Accommodations, meals, snacks, happy hours, and closing night clambake.
- All workshops and workshop materials, daily yoga, art supplies, your
personal aromatherapy blend, a “Flowingforce Soulcamp” tank
top, and all take-home program resources.
- Use of the spa (sauna and hot tub) during the Center’s posted
hours of operation.
- Drumming, singing, getting gloriously into the flow!
What type of spa or healing treatments will be available?
Margaret Rose Peloquin will offer massage and healing therapies on a fee-for-service basis to soulcamp attendees.
“I offer sessions in Polarity Realization Therapy. Polarity is energetic bodywork, aligning the energy lines and pathways found in the physical body. Energy surrounds every body and Polarity addresses these energy patterns as well. Clear quartz crystals are used to open the client's system to a higher level of well -being. Clients may derive a heightened sense of clarity, balance and /or vitality from a Polarity session.
I also offer sessions in RYSE, an acronym for “Realizing Your Sublime Energies,” which takes the energy work of Polarity to a deeper level. Core issues may be resolved opening the client to a stronger sense of purpose. RYSE may be combined with a Polarity session depending on what the client requires at the time of session.
I offer Swedish massage, which releases tension and stress in the body's musculature, leading to great relaxation.
These techniques bring strength and empowerment to the individual, uniting one with the divinity which lives in all. All modalities may be combined, as desired, in a 1hour 20min session. Fee is $80.00 per session. "
Bernedette Flangan of SpaTech will offer facials, as well a spa seaweed wraps and salt scrubs. The facials are $65.00 the Aromatherapy Salt scrubs are $50.00 and the Full Seaweed body Detoxify Treatment is $95.00
How would I get there?
Transportation to and from Essex is not included. Cape Ann
is 40 miles North of Boston and the Center has ample parking spaces for
anyone who wishes to drive to the soulcamp. The nearest airports are Logan
International Airport in Boston, MA and Manchester Airport in Manchester,
Let us know your travel plans and we can arrange for a shuttle
from these airports, from the Amtrak or Bus stations in Boston, or from
the commuter rail station in Gloucester, MA (accessible at the North Station
subway stop in Boston) Full travel links and suggestions will be posted
on this website by June 1, 2005.
Do you have an option for women who would like to commute
No, we feel the camp is complete retreat experience that would lose some of its impact for commuters. We’ve sought to price the camp so that it is affordable…and you deserve it!
What if I’d like to spend extra days on Cape Ann
after the camp ends?
Since camp ends on Sunday, it would certainly be possible
to spend extra time on Cape Ann, and we can suggest accommodations. You
can also consult www.capeannvacations.com
One caution to consider is that the soulcamps are designed as deeply communal,
supportive, and intentional experiences, and it may be jarring and even
unsatisfying to transition to the “outside world” of motels
and restaurants before returning home.
How do I register?
You can register for camp in two easy steps. Click here
for full details about the process and policies and to place your registration.
Because each camp is limited to 15 women, we recommend that
you not wait too long to register. A wait list will be established for
We hope you will join us in Essex for this amazing adventure
of sweat, spirit, self-discovery…and sisterhood! Please be in touch
with Robin at Flowingforce@comcast.net
if you have any questions, inspirations, or requests (or if you just want
to say, “Yippee! Can’t wait until next summer!”)
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